A Day in Provence

_DM35597On Kongo’s recent European cruise he spent a day in the French province of Provence.  Wow.  Warm skies, fishing villages, vineyards, olive trees.  The tour he went on was called “Vineyards and Villages” and that’s exactly what he saw.  Above are fishing boats in the little village of Sanary-sur Mer.  Sounds French, huh?

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After a drive in the countryside we stopped at a small winery nestled among vineyards and olive orchards where we sampled a number of local wines.

We also took a stroll through the olive orchards to view some 1,000 year old olive trees and gaze at the vineyards.

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The orchard and vineyard were on ancient terraces that were carved into the side of a rolling hill.

An old stone olive press.

We also visited a sleepy little village high on a hill that dated back to medieval times.  It was filled with narrow stone streets tucked behind protective walls.

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Before returning to the ship, which had docked in Toulon, we stopped at the little fishing village of Sanary-sur Mer, and inspiration for such artists as Van Gogh and Paul Cézanne.

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Travel safe.  Have fun.

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